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World IN BRIEF : SOMALIA : First U.N. Cease-Fire Observers Arrive

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The first four military observers in a planned 50-person U.N. team arrived to monitor the cease-fire in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. Interim President Ali Mahdi Mohamed and his rival, Gen. Mohamed Farrah Aidid, chairman of the United Somali Congress, agreed to the U.N.-sponsored cease-fire on March 3 after a five-month battle for control of the city. Aid officials estimate that 4.5 million Somalians could starve because of drought and the violence that prevented food imports.


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